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Time to vote on the openSUSE Strategy!

June 7th, 2011 by

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Over the last year an openSUSE strategy discussion has been ongoing. Beginning this year things went quiet for a while as everyone was busy with the openSUSE 11.4 release and now the conference but we’re at the final stage and want to finish this. Time to vote!


The openSUSE board has reviewed the text and after fixing one or two typo’s and updating it to the latest state of affairs, they have asked Thomas Thym from the strategy team to start a vote among openSUSE Membership. So every Member can go to connect and vote on the proposal!

We’re not asking everyone if they think it is a perfect fit for themselves – we’re a diverse community and we’ll never fully agree on anything. But this proposal has seen lots of thought, discussion, revision, input – it is arguably the best we could come up with to describe who we are and where we want to go. So the question is – do we agree this describes us? Is it good enough for us to support? Can we move on with this?


You can find the result of our one-and-a-half year discussion on the openSUSE Strategy wiki page. Note that the Community Statement is an integral part of it.

This is the start of our Strategy document, describing our mission:

The openSUSE project is a worldwide effort that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. The openSUSE community develops and maintains a packaging and distribution infrastructure which provides the foundation for the world’s most flexible and powerful Linux distribution. Our community works together in an open, transparent and friendly manner as part of the global Free and Open Source Software community.

So, if you’re an openSUSE Member, it is time to read the document one more time and cast your vote!

Note that the voting page is only accessible to logged in openSUSE Members and the results are hidden until June 30th.

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2 Responses to “Time to vote on the openSUSE Strategy!”

  1. Marcus

    This has not much to do with the initial strategy discussion and does not directly result from that imho.

    I would rather have seen a clear goal and statement instead of just a few harmful words.

    The intend of the strategy once was to distinct from the large number of Linux distributions which are around these days.


    • Yes, the initial direction was to go very managementy and find a unique niche for openSUSE. But that clashed heavily with what the community was doing and was interested in and most simply weren’t interested in the whole process anymore. So we had to go back, re-focus and instead describe who we were and what we are doing in as little words yet as accurately as possible. That was very difficult and the end result is still not really perfect. However, I think it is a great start and a point from which we can move forward.

      In the end, we’re a meritocratic, bottom-up community. That means we do many things, none of which is telling people what to do. That is indeed different from the other 2 major distributions, but I guess it’s also what makes us so awesome :D